TA Traditions

Thetford Academy celebrates the school’s community, history, and traditions with several annual events. These special days serve to not only honor the history of Thetford Academy, but to bring today’s students together to forge friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.

TA Traditions

Mountain Day

Established in the 1970’s by Headmaster Fred Torrey, Mountain Day is a school-wide event that gets students out of the classroom and into the outdoors. On Mountain Day, instead of attending classes, the whole TA community goes for a hike. According to tradition, each grade has its “own” mountain, so that a student who attends the Academy for six years has the opportunity to climb six different peaks, all visible from the school.

  • Seventh Grade: Mt. Cube
  • Eighth Grade: Black Mountain
  • Freshmen: Smarts Mountain
  • Sophomores: Cardigan Mountain
  • Juniors: Mt. Ascutney
  • Seniors: Mt. Moosilauke

Students climb with their class and faculty advisors, and the focus is on camaraderie, cooperation, and safety. The purpose of Mountain Day is not to race, nor even to get to the top, but to enjoy the company and the landscape, and appreciate the extraordinary beauty of northern New England.

Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day is the annual celebration of the school’s birthday, held each year in February. Part winter carnival, part arts festival, the daylong event includes class competitions in games and creative contests, an all-school banquet, and traditional ceremonies. The Student Council chooses a theme each year, and each class works on a related “sub-theme” in its preparation of snow sculptures, murals, costumes, decorated sled “floats,” centerpieces, banners, songs, and narrative presentations.

While the students play, the school’s gymnasium is transformed into a festive banquet hall, with places set for nearly 400 people. At the end of the day, students break bread with their entire school community in celebration of Thetford Academy’s past, present, and future.

Upcoming Events

April 2021

Thursday April 15

All Day
Pod Morning & C Block
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Friday April 16

All Day
Pod Morning & D Block
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Monday April 19 – Friday April 23

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

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Excellence

We set high expectations. we challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.

Commitment

We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.

Cooperation

We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.

Caring

We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.

Diversity

We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of carried perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.